With the Holocaust, extensive area bombing laying waste to entire cities and finally the nuclear strike WW 2 had the greatest number of non-combattant and civilian casualties of all wars. (This actually is a major difference between WWs I and II)
I do not think all of those 'fought in their own way' individually, even less for some ominous freedom - they were plain victims. Not collateral damage, accidents or fate - victims of human decisions they had no control over - and by men who knew what they were doing to them and accepted it.
I agree with Peter that this day on which it ended (in Europe only!) should be remembered and celebrated - but not glorified.
It is a Danish remembrance and one I honor every year. Some of the elder generations of my family was involved, so it means at lot for me to show my respect.
That said, it was not my intention to glorify, denigrate or insult the memory of those who lost their lives due to a certain allegience, if any or insult the members here. Every dead should be mourned, as Glance says, so maybe a general remembreance thread would be a good idea.